This German surname of STRUBBE is a nickname for a shock-headed man. The name was derived from the Old German word STRUP, meaning rough, unkempt. Nicknames usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. Other spellings of the name include STRUBE, STRUWE, STRUFE, STRAUBER, STRAUBLE, STRUBEL, STROBEL, STRUBING and STRUFING. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. A minor notable of the name was the American Frederick Guy STRAUB, born on the 31st August, 1896. He was an educator and consulting engineer engaged in research. He was the Consultant to National Defense Research during World War II. He was also a contributor to various journals and magazines. Another noteworthy person was Sidney STRUBE (1891-1956) the cartoonist, born in London, England. He joined the 'Daily Express' as a staff cartoonist in 1910, staying with the paper until he retired in 1946. Among his many characters, the favourite was 'Little Man' symbolic of the average Express reader. Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. A great number of immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism. Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity.
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